John and Lachlan McIntosh petition and letter
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John and Lachlan McIntosh petition and letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McIntosh, John, -1792.
Creator: McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806.
Title: John and Lachlan McIntosh petition and letter
Dates: 1775-1784
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1613

Biographical/Historical Note

Lachlan McIntosh (1727-1806) was born in Scotland, the son of John Mohr and Marjory (Fraser) McIntosh. He and his family came to Savannah in 1736 with Oglethorpe and settled in Darien, Georgia. In 1748, he moved to Charleston, SC, where he worked as a clerk in a counting house and lived with Henry Laurens. He later became a successful planted on the Altamaha River. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he was appointed Colonel of the 1st Regiment, Georgia line, and was soon promoted to Brigadier-General in the Continental Army. McIntosh dueled with Button Gwinnett in 1777, fatally wounding his opponent. He served for a short while in the Western Department, and he returned to Georgia to lead the unsuccessful attempt to recapture Savannah. He was taken prisoner at the fall of Charleston and, after his exchange, he served until the end of the war, attaining the rank of Major-General. He returned to Georgia and resumed planting. McIntosh married Sarah Threadcraft; together, they had eight children: John, Lachlan Jr., William (who married a Mrs. Tate), George, Henry Laurens, Hester (who married 1. John Peter Ward and 2. Dr. Nicholas Byard), and Catherine (who married Charles Harris). Both William and Lachlan, Jr., served in the Revolutionary War (John was in the Bahamas at the time). McIntosh became a member of the Society of the Cincinnati in 1784; the same year, he was elected to Congress.

John McIntosh, Jr. (d. 1792) was a son of Gen. Lachlan McIntosh, and a first cousin of Gen. John McIntosh. He was called "Jr." meaning "the younger," as his uncle John Mackintosh of Jamaica was called, "Sr." He apparently did not serve in the Revolution, but was a Major of Georgia Militia in 1791. John McIntosh, Jr. spent many years in Jamaica, engaged in the shipping trade. On his return to Georgia he was in Liberty County, and later at Frederica on St. Simons Island.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of a petition and a letter from John and Lachlan McIntosh. In the petition, dated February 13, 1775, John McIntosh requests 2,000 acres of land in Florida for services in "the late war." It is addressed to the governor of West Florida. The 1784 letter from Lachlan McIntosh to his son, John, concerns runaway slaves.

Index Terms

Florida--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Fugitive slaves--Georgia.
Letters (correspondence)
McIntosh, John, -1792.
McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806.

Location of Originals

Originals in the University of Florida Library.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John and Lachlan McIntosh petition and letter, MS 1613, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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1X-1613-01. John and Lachlan McIntosh petition and letter, 1775-1784